It was a double delight for Gulf County parents last
weekend, as both Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka high schools held their annual
For the first time in more than a year, things got back to
normal, as the schools said farewell to the Class of 2021, much of whose junior
and senior years had been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic.
On Thursday evening, it was time for the 71 Port St. Joe
high school graduates to receive their sheepskins.
The ceremony opened with a congratulatory salute to the
eight new inductees to the Hall of Fame. Leanna Baumgardner, Savannah Burkett,
Allie Godwin, Judson Griffies, Bryson Lee, Gabrielle Nicodemus, Philip Riley,
and Camille Trochessett were selected by the entire faculty based on their
qualities of character and leadership, as well as their participation in
extra-curricular activities both at school and in the community.
The ceremony then honored the 12 seniors who had received
scholarships directly from the institutions they will be attending in the
Zoe Gerlach will be attending Chipola on a full-ride cross
country scholarship. Zoe is also receiving a Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship
in the amount of $2,000.
Savannah Burkett will be attending Newberry in South
Carolina on a full-ride cross country scholarship.
Israel Goldsborough will be attending Southeastern on a
Caden Turrell has a full-ride baseball scholarship to
Allie Godwin has received the Trojan Chancellor’s
Scholarship to Troy University in the amount of $36,000.
Camille Trochessett has received the Chancellor’s Award for
Global Competitiveness for $5,000, the Trojan Scholars Award for tuition and
housing, and the Hagen Scholarship valued at $48,000.
Bryson Lee has received the UNF Presidential Silver
Scholarship in the amount of $8,000, and is receiving the Florida Realtors
Education Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $1,700
Max Covan has received grants and scholarships to the
University of Miami for over $71,000 per year with lodging.
Austin Jones has received grants and scholarships to Florida
Tech including the Legacy Award, Panther Award, and Florida Academic
Scholarship for over $33,000 per year.
Judson Griffies has received a $40,000 scholarship to Freed
Alayna Willis has received the Presidential Academic
Scholarship to Johnson and Wales University for $62,000, and is receiving over
$20,000 with the post-9/11 GI Bill.
Coveny Sidberry has received a total of $86,000 to St.
John’s University through the Explore New York Award.
In addition, Brooklyn Sheppard has received full tuition to
any Florida University through the 2014 Black History Month essay contest that
she won while she was still at PSJ Elementary. She is also receiving the Damon
Sr. & Gillie L. McNair Scholarship in the amount of $150.
Gabriella Burtnett received $300 from the VFW Auxiliary
Patriotic Art Contest.
Philip Riley has been awarded the National Wild Turkey
Federation Academic Scholarship for seniors who have a 3.0 GPA or higher and participate
in hunting sports. He is already a state winner, receiving $1,500, and is now
eligible for the national prize of $10,000.
Scholar Designation on their diploma was given to Baumgardner,
Burkett, Covan, Carter Dorsch, Griffies, Gerlach, Zoe Hoban, Godwin, Austin
Jones, Lee, Riley, Hannah Tomlinson, Analisa Treglown, and Trochessett
Merit Designation was presented, for Gaming Essentials
Certification, to Briana Baker, Burkett, Lyndsey Butler, Jon Michael Cates,
Jacob Davis, Trayton Dockery, Blake Gay, Gerlach, Godwin, Israel Goldsborough,
Corbin Ingalls, Kevin LaCivita, Jasmine Levins, Amari Nickson, Gabrielle
Nicodemus, Corey Phelp, Brooklyn Sheppard, Macie Smith, Alex Strickland,
Michael Strickland, Tomlinson, Treglown, and Jack Vaughn
For Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety Certification,
the designation went to Noah Barfield, Austin Jones, Riley, and Strickland
For Microsoft Office Word Certification, designation was
given Austin Ard, Baumgardner, Noah Bell, Griffies, Hoban, Kurtis Howard,
Austin Jones, Chloe Jones, Kamaya Larry, Lanecia Larry, Mattison Mills, Dallas
Padilla, Riley, Turrell, Davis Varnes, and Caleb Wright
For Microsoft Office Specialist Certification it went to Gerlach
and Macie Smith; for Internet Business Associate to Baumgardner, Hoban, Lee, Riley,
and Caleb Wright; and for Programming and Logic Essentials Certification, to Gerlach,
Amari Nickson, and Macie Smith.
Members of the marching band were saluted for their superior
ratings, as well as those in the National Honor Society , Student Government Association,
National ART Honor Society, Key Club, NJROTC and other organizations.
As well, recognition was given to the members of the
football, girls and boys basketball teams, girls soccer and weightlifting, girls
track, and baseball teams for their many successes over their high school
SCHOOL GRADUATION HELD FRIDAY EVENING.